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Alexander Duff Robertson papers

 Collection
Call Number: MS 1641

Scope and Contents

The papers consist of correspondence, topical files, photographs, writings, diplomas, awards, speeches, certificates, and curricula vitae that document Alexander Duff Robertson's career as a teacher of public health and preventive medicine, an administrator of health organizations, and a spokesman for social medicine. The papers form part of the Contemporary Medical Care and Health Policy Collection.

Dates

  • 1893-1991
  • Majority of material found within 1948-1984

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has been transferred to Yale University for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Richard Moore, 1993.

Arrangement

Arranged in three series: I. Correspondence, 1948-1981. II. Topical Files, 1945-1984. III. Personal Papers, Photographs, and Writings, 1949-1991.

Extent

9.17 Linear Feet (14 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/mssa.ms.1641

Overview

The papers consist of correspondence, topical files, photographs, writings, diplomas, awards, speeches, certificates, and curricula vitae that document Alexander Duff Robertson's career as a teacher of public health and preventive medicine, an administrator of health organizations, and a spokesman for social medicine. The papers form part of the Contemporary Medical Care and Health Policy Collection.

Biographical / Historical

Alexander Duff Robertson was born on April 28,1926, in Dunkfield, England. He received an M.B. from the University of Edinburgh in 1949, a D.P.H. from the University of London in 1955, and an M.D. from the University of Saskatchewan in 1961.

At the University of Edinburgh, Robertson was a researcher in social medicine (1941-1951), a lecturer in public health and social medicine, and a lecturer in the general practice teaching unit (1951-1954). From 1955 to 1958, he was a lecturer in social and preventive medicine at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in London and in public health at the London School of Hygiene and Topical Medicine.

In 1958, Robertson became head of the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan where he remained until accepting the executive directorship of the Milbank Memorial Fund in New York City in 1962. During his time at the Milbank Memorial Fund, he launched and developed the Milbank Faculty Fellowship which impacted the development of social medicine. From 1969 until 1990, he worked in several capabilities for the World Health Organization (WHO) beginning with the position of chief of human resources in the Caribbean for two years. From 1972 to 1973, he served as regional advisor for medical education and public health; public health administrator; director of health manpower development; and, finally, as the director of health services in the regional office for the Eastern Mediterranean in Alexandria, Egypt. In 1983, he moved to Geneva, where he was the program manager for staff development and training for WHO until 1986. From 1986 to 1990, he served as special advisor to the director general of WHO for the occupied Arab Territories, including Palestine.

Robertson also held part-time academic positions as a lecturer in Public Health andAdministrative Medicine from 1963 until 1971 at Columbia University and as a lecturer in Public Health (International Health) at Yale University from 1966 to 1971. His publications focused on medical education, community medicine, and social science as related to medicine. He served on numerous boards and at times as an officer in the public sector. He was a leading figure in the field of modern public health especially in the development of health services in the United States. He died on June 29, 1991.

General note

Forms part of the Contemporary Medical Care and Health Policy Collection.
Title
Guide to the Alexander Duff Robertson Papers
Status
Under Revision
Author
compiled by Cheryl Bliss
Date
March 2004
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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